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David Janowski vs Geza Maroczy
Budapest (1896), Budapest AUH, rd 12, Oct-20
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1-0



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  Richard Taylor: Nice Zugzwang by Janowski!
Sep-09-15  Mr. V: So what is White threatening?
Feb-09-16  Mr. V: Could use some help understanding the final position.
Feb-09-16  Retireborn: <Mr.V> White threatens Qh4 followed by Qxh6 and then Rxg7. Black will not be able to take the queen because of Rg8 mate, and his pieces are so cramped that he cannot usefully defend.
Feb-09-16  morfishine: <Retireborn> Fair enough, but why not 29.Qh4 at once? 29.Bc2 seems a wasted move
Feb-09-16  Retireborn: <morfishine> With 29.Bc2 White gives himself the possibility of N1d3-e5 to reinforce the attack. But you're right that 29.Qh4 would also win; in fact White's position is so strong that any sensible 29th move wins.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Morf,

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29.Qh4 does bring things to head and looks like a very good move. However why rush. The Knight on e1 can join in on the fun should it get to e5 via d3.

29.Bc2 vacates d3 prepping the Knight hop and it was the threat of the Knight coming to e5 which Black cannot do anything about without inviting a catastrophe that prompted resignation.

Kind of game where you as White would be disappointed to see Black resigning.

It's like being taken to a toy and told to take your pick...suddenly the shop closes.

Feb-09-16  offramp: I won a game like this once and I SKIPPED to the nearest Tube station after it was over.
Feb-09-16  Mr. V: Thanks, folks!
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Black's resignation might seem premature, but he is totally helpless. Stockfish 8 already assesses White's last move as best, with an evaluation of about +6. E.g. 29... ♖d7 30.♘ed3 ♕f6 31.♘e5 ♖e7 32.♘eg6+ ♘xg6 33.♘xg6+ ♗xg6 34.♖xg6 ♕f8 35.♗d6 ♖ae8 36.♖xg7 ♕xg7 37.♖xg7 ♖xg7

Mar√≥czy learned from his defeat: see how he was on the White side of a similar ♙ structure, but this time the game was decided mainly on the ♕-side: Maroczy vs H Suechting, 1905

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